We’re excited to announce our travel plans for the rest of 2017!
We’ve spent the past five months living in the rice fields of Ubud and frankly, we’re exhausted. We’ve been working much harder than usual—Simon on a redesign for this site (a huge project when you have 7.5 years of content to deal with) and I’ve been catching up on the many blog posts from our amazing travels in South Africa and Namibia, as well as updating old posts.
We’re in definite need of a break so before we fly out of Bali next Monday we’re spending the weekend at the beach. We chose Jimbaran because a) it’s close to the airport but not super crowded like awful Kuta and b) our favourite Ubud restaurant Melting Wok recently opened a branch there and we want to maximise our tempeh coconut curry eating time!
The Movenpick Jimbaran is hosting us for a few blissful days of relaxing by the huge pool, massages, enjoying the reportedly epic breakfast buffet, complimentary yoga classes, and an afternoon chocolate fountain (oh yes!). We can’t wait.
We are so excited to be returning to Japan, one of our favourite places. We fell in love with this crazy, wonderful, and brilliantly efficient and polite country on our first visit six years ago.
This time we’ll be spending 10 days in Tokyo trying all the weird activities—the Robot restaurant, Monster cafe, Mario karting, and Disney Sea (the best Disney park in the world!) are all on the list. Let us know if you have any more suggestions.
We’ve also bought a 7 day Japan rail pass again as we love how easy it makes hopping on and off the excellent bullet trains. We’ll be travelling to Nikko (for temples), Hakone (for mountains, onsens, a traditional ryokan stay, and hopefully a glimpse of Mt Fuji), Takayama (for its beautifully preserved old town), and Kanazawa (for a teahouse experience and one of the best gardens in the country).
We’ll also be hunting down the best veggie eats in all these places. Japan isn’t easy for vegetarians but it is possible to find delicious meals.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
It’s time for some beach living next so we’re heading to Koh Phangan in Thailand for 4–6 weeks. We plan to spend our mornings working and afternoons exploring the different beaches on the island. We’ve rented a cute Airbnb house just across the road from Hin Kong beach in an area known for yoga and vegetarian restaurants. Hopefully we’ll be far enough away from the full moon party madness!
Oman Road Trip
Oman is a new country for us and we’re excited to explore this up and coming destination on a road trip. Highlights will include visiting the Grand Mosque in Muscat, hiking in the al-Hajar mountains, spending a night in a desert camp, swimming in the many idyllic wadis, and turtle spotting on the beach.
And yes, Oman is a very safe country. We’re hoping it’s vegetarian-friendly too as Indian and Lebanese food is common there.
Nothing is booked yet so please let us know if you have any Oman tips.
We’ll finish the year back in the UK for Christmas with friends and family. After seven years without a proper Christmas (it’s not the same in the tropics) we really enjoyed being back for the festivities last year.
We’ll be trying out the best Christmassy experiences in London (any tips?) and finally visiting the Harry Potter studios! Now if only we could get tickets for the play…
In January we’ll be housesitting in the countryside—first in a little village near Wells in Somerset and then near Shaftesbury in North Dorset. Both towns look gorgeous and we’re looking forward to seeing more of our own country, going for long walks, and snuggling up by the fire.
We may come to regret spending the winter in the UK, but for now we’re looking forward to something different. It will be a time to work and rest before we begin our year of Europe explorations! We plan to spend three months in our beloved Italy as well as visit new countries like Georgia, Montenegro and Bosnia. We’ll keep you posted!
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